The Kentucky Derby has been around for 145 years, but on Saturday it made history and NOT in a good way.
For the first time in more than 50 years, the fastest horse the one that crossed the finish line first DIDN’T win. That horse, Maximum Security, was disqualified for swerving into the path of two of the other horses. That’s a no-no. Apparently.
So Maximum Security was THOUGHT to have won by a length-and-a-half, but some of the other jockeys asked for a review. Officials spent 22 minutes looking into it, and ultimately UPHELD the objection disqualified Maximum Security and named the runner-up Country House the winner.
Country House took the $1.86 million prize Code of Honor came in second, winning $660,000 and Tacitus got $300,000 for coming in third.
By the way, Country House entered with 65-1 odds making him the 2nd-longest shot to win the Kentucky Derby in the 145-year history of the race. Back in 1913, Donerail won, despite having 91.5-1 odds.
In 145 years, only ONE other Kentucky Derby winner was disqualified. That was back in 1968, when a horse named Dancer’s Image won but was stripped of his title several days later after the horse failed a post-race DRUG TEST.
This was the first time a horse was ever disqualified on-site, for breaking the rules.